(A)   Description of district. This district is established in order to identify and stabilize those geographic areas that are appropriate for the development and maintenance of rural, country-like, single- family residential estates of at least one acre in size. These areas are characterized by large open spaces, single-family dwelling units, and limited agricultural activities which do not create a detrimental effect on surrounding properties. Areas of the city for which this category is appropriate are designated on the comprehensive plan as rural residential/agricultural or low-density residential.
   (B)   Permitted and conditional uses. Unless otherwise permitted by this chapter, no building or land in the R-CE District shall be used, and no building shall be hereafter erected, structurally altered, or enlarged, except for the permitted and conditional uses listed below. The uses listed as conditional are permitted only after approval in accordance with §§ 154.70 through 154.73.
      (1)   Permitted uses:
         (a)   Single-family dwellings and their customary accessory uses.
         (b)   A guest house or garage apartment incidental to the operation and use of the property.
         (c)   Horses or fowl, provided that no more than one horse per acre of pasture and 12 fowl shall be kept on site.
      (2)   Conditional uses:
         (a)   Community services and facilities.
         (b)   Golf courses and country clubs.
         (c)   Churches and structures appurtenant thereto.
   (C)   Site development standards. The following minimum standards are hereby established to maintain the purpose of the district to promote the safe and efficient circulation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and to otherwise protect the public health, safety, and general welfare. Variable side-yard setbacks within the stated range are permitted to encourage innovative site planning and the preservation of trees.
      (1)   Minimum lot size (above the mean-high-water line), one acre.
      (2)   Minimum site width at building line, 150 feet.
      (3)   Minimum street frontage, 35 feet.
      (4)   Minimum setbacks.
         (a)   Front yard, 25 feet.
         (b)   Side yard, a combined setback of 20 feet with a minimum dimension in each yard of eight feet.
      (5)   Maximum building height, 35 feet.
      (6)   Minimum building floor area, 1,600 square feet, excluding carports, garages, porte cocheres, breezeways, and screened or open porches.
   (D)   Additional requirements.
      (1)   All uses must conform to Appendix B of Chapter 155 for off-street parking and other regulations.
      (2)   Lakefront regulations and requirements are included in § 154.12.
      (3)   School location, regulations and requirements are included in § 154.68.
      (4)   Properties located within the Big Lake Mary overlay zoning district shall comply with the relevant provisions of § 154.90.
      (5)   When there is a conflict between the provisions contained in this section and the provisions of the Big Lake Mary overlay zoning district, the provisions of § 154.90 take precedence.
(Ord. 241, passed 11-27-85; Am. Ord. 427, passed 5-18-89; Am. Ord. 503, passed 5-17-90; Am. Ord. 1219, passed 11-2-06; Am. Ord. 1282, passed 3-6-08; Am. Ord. 1647, passed 10-7-21) Penalty, see § 154.999